Kristof Retezar, an Austrian industrial designer from Vienna, has invented a bottle that pulls water from the humidity in the air through the use of solar energy. Currently, the water bottle is made for bicyclers. The air flow drives the process of pulling water, while the solar panel cools and condenses it.
Fontus was also designed for water-scarce areas, in which affects around 1.2 billion people, or almost one-fifth of the world’s population. “Water use has been growing at more than twice the rate of population increase in the last century, and, although there is no global water scarcity as such, an increasing number of regions are chronically short of water.” – UNDESA. “The idea was to solve a global problem: water issues in areas of the world where there is very little groundwater but very high humidity,” Retezár said. “My intent was to invent a machine or device that would be able to filter the humidity in the air and turn it into drinkable water.”
According to Retezar, the bottle works best between 86 degrees and 104 degrees Fahrenheit and between 80 and 90% humidity. Over the course of an hour, Fontus can produce roughly 0.5 quarts of water.
Techinsider informs that the water bottle can filter out large particles, however the filter is not yet designed to keep smaller particles from being pulled in. Retezar plans to design a carbon filter to solve this dilemma in the future.
On another note, Retezar is also desinging a stand alone bottle that won’t require air flow to create the water-pulling process.
The video also gives an in-depth view on how the system works.
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